Sunday, October 2

UNESCO drills teacher trainees in peace building

By Esnath Kalawe:

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), a United Nations (UN) Agency, has engaged teacher trainees from various institutions in the country to impart in them peace-building skills and knowledge on how to prevent violence in schools.

The activity was conducted with the overall aim of enhancing capabilities in peace-building and prevention of violence in young teachers from different colleges.

Speaking Thursday during the training in Lilongwe, Acting Deputy Executive Secretary for Malawi National Commission for UNESCO, David Mulera, said the training would aid the promotion of peace and curbing crimes which is within UNESCO’s mandate.

“The idea is that teacher trainers and trainees should embrace principles of peace building and when they go back to their colleges where they teach, they should be able to arbitrate these principles in their learners,” Mulera explained.

He further said teachers are found everywhere in communities, and that they can influence peace builders in the communities through their vital capacity of reaching out to all corners of the country.

In her remarks, Principal Secretary for Ministry of National Unity who was also guest of honour at the function, Elizabeth Gomani, said her ministry had a critical role in the training since it was centred on peace building and prevention of violence.

“It is very relevant to our ministry because it is our core mandate to ensure that there is peace and unity across the country.

“We would like young people to grow up with that mentality of peace building and conflict prevention,” said Gomani.

She further explained that her ministry was lobbying for the revision of the school curriculum to include information on peace building and violence prevention, saying the best way of transmitting information to young ones was through the education curriculum.

“Ministry of National Unity is collaborating and liaising with the Ministry of Education, Domasi College of Education as well as Malawi Institute of Education on influencing the revision of the curriculum so that there is peace education in it,” she said.

One of the participants, James Monjeza from Phalombe TTC expressed gratitude to organisers of the training, saying the knowledge they would acquire would promote peace at school level at an early stage which would lead to a more harmonious future.

“As teachers, we face the teacher-learner relationship challenge and the training has come at the right time because afterwards, we will be able to work with learners easily. This will help in building a better Malawi,” he said.

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